At Reliant Home Care Services, we understand the profound impact that Alzheimer’s and dementia can have not only on those who are directly affected but also on their families and loved ones. Navigating the journey of Alzheimer’s or dementia requires patience, understanding, and the right support to ensure the highest quality of life for your loved one. That starts with understanding these conditions and what you can do to support your loved ones through their journey.

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Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, accounting for 60-80% of cases. Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life. It affects memory, thinking skills, and the ability to perform everyday activities. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, a number projected to rise to nearly 13 million by 2050.


Early Signs and Symptoms

Recognizing the early signs of Alzheimer’s and dementia can be crucial for early intervention and care planning. Common early symptoms include:

  • Memory loss that disrupts daily life
  • Challenges in planning or solving problems
  • Difficulty completing familiar tasks
  • Confusion with time or place
  • Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
  • New problems with words in speaking or writing
  • Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
  • Decreased or poor judgment
  • Withdrawal from work or social activities
  • Changes in mood and personality


Providing Support

How can you support your loved one who is struggling with one of these disorders? Here are some steps you can take.

  1. Create a Safe and Supportive Environment: Modify the home to make it safer and more comfortable for your loved one. This can include removing trip hazards, installing grab bars in the bathroom, and ensuring the home is well-lit. Reliant can help you with this by doing an in-home assessment that highlights potential risks.
  2. Establish a Routine: People with Alzheimer’s or dementia benefit from having a daily routine. It can help reduce confusion and provide a sense of stability. 
  3. Engage in Activities: Engage your loved one in activities they enjoy and can still participate in, such as listening to music, gardening, or simple crafts. This can help maintain their skills and provide joy.
  4. Communicate Effectively: Use simple words and sentences. Be patient in waiting for your loved one’s response. Try not to correct every mistake they make; focus on the essence of what they’re trying to say.
  5. Manage Changes in Behavior: Understand that changes in behavior or mood are symptoms of the disease, not personal choices. Approach these changes with patience and understanding, seeking professional advice when needed.
  6. Seek Support: Join a support group for families and caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Sharing experiences and tips can be incredibly beneficial.
  7. Professional Care: Consider involving professional home care services that specialize in Alzheimer’s and dementia care. These services can provide personalized care plans, respite care, and support for families.

Supporting a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia is a journey that requires compassion, patience, and understanding. By educating ourselves and utilizing available resources, we can ensure that our loved ones receive the care and respect they deserve. At Reliant Home Care Services, we are dedicated to supporting families through this challenging time, providing professional care services tailored to meet the unique needs of those living with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

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Reliant Believes in Providing Care with Compassion

We recognize the challenges and emotional toll that caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia can bring. While you may be able to provide care on your own in the early stages, there’s no shame in asking for help when being a caregiver becomes too much. Our dedicated team of professionals is committed to providing compassionate, specialized care that respects the dignity and unique needs of each individual.

We believe in a personalized approach to care, where our services are tailored to fit the specific needs of your loved one and your family. From creating safe living environments to providing respite care that offers family caregivers a much-needed break, our goal is to support you every step of the way.

If you or someone you know is navigating the journey of Alzheimer’s or dementia care, you don’t have to do it alone. Reliant Home Care Services is here to offer support, guidance, and professional care to ensure your loved one receives the best possible quality of life at home. Reach out to us today to learn more about our Alzheimer’s and dementia care services and how we can help you and your loved one.